In its largest drug seizure this year,the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recovered 8 Kg of cocaine,worth nearly Rs 40 crore,from a high-end lodge in South Delhi on Saturday. A Nigerian national,identified as Amobi Chijioke Obianika,was arrested when he was taking delivery of a suitcase containing the drug at the lodge.
Cocaine is used as a stimulant in rave parties and the drug we seized is of very high quality. This is the largest seizure of cocaine this year. The haul is estimated to be worth around Rs 40 crore, an NCB official said.
According to the official,Obianika used a clever modus operandi of smuggle the drug into the country. He did not carry the consignment himself when he arrived from Nigeria on September 26. Instead,he booked it on a separate flight and the consignment was to be delivered by an airline courier a day later at his room in the lodge.
The Nigerian has been arrested under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The agency is now on the lookout for the recipients of the consignment.
The NCB had been on extra vigil after recent reports of illegal drugs being supplied to students and youngsters came to light,the officer said.
Two weeks ago,20-year-old NRI Anmol Sarna had died after a suspected case of LSD overdose. Police had told the court that drug peddlers in Noida had supplied the LSD to Sarna and friends.
NCB said it was watching Obianika for over 24 hours after receiving a tip-off that he might be dealing in drugs. Obianika did not receive the baggage as soon as it arrived at the hotel. He kept the delivery man waiting in the lobby,an NCB official said.